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The Silent Treatment

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
A BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick
‘A remarkable debut’ JOJO MOYES
‘It’s beautiful, so moving and clever. I truly adored it.’ JOSIE SILVER, author of One Day in December
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A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance.

Frank hasn't spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.

For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.

Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.

Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?

With characters that will capture your heart, THE SILENT TREATMENT celebrates the phenomenal power of love and the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.
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An original and moving debut from a talented new voice.’ SANTA MONTEFIORE

'This is an extraordinarily tense yet tender portrait of a marriage ... written with assurance and agonising insight, and the characters of Maggie and Frank will stay with me for a long time' Daily Mail

'Beautifully written in Greaves’s unique voice... Poignant, heart-breaking and insightful.' Woman & Home

A must readSunday Express

‘Heart-breaking secrets tenderly evoked with intelligence and depth. Maggie and Frank are unforgettable charactersRACHEL HORE, author of The Memory Garden

'Empathetic, beautifully written ... will resonate with fans of Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls and Gail Honeyman.' Daily Express

'I adored this powerful, heart-breaking tale' The Sun

‘Such stunning prose, and such insight for a debut author… I was bowled over by Abbie’s writing.’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

'A beautifully written and compelling novel that enthralled us from beginning to end. Frank and Maggie feel so real, and their moving story is simple, but powerfully told.' Heat

When a debut is praised by the likes of Jojo Moyes, you know it's worth reading … You won't be able to put down this tender and heartbreaking read.'Cosmopolitan

‘An unforgettable love story with a mystery that had me captivated until the last, heart-wrenching page. It deserves to be huge’ CATHERINE ISAAC, author of You Me Everything

'Greaves’s insightful account of a long marriage kept us gripped till the very last page' Independent

'Beautifully written... Poignant, heart-breaking and insightful.' Woman

'A tender, heartfelt portrayal of a long marriage with all its secrets. Cleverly structured and beautifully written, this novel celebrates love, hope - and the importance of finding the right words.' LUCY DIAMOND

‘In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel.’ GILLY MACMILLAN, author of The Nanny

I really loved it…It’s a very moving book’ JO WILEY

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Not so much a case of 'he said/she said' as 'he didn't say/she didn't say, ' this moving debut unpicks the secret selves of Maggie and Frank to reveal the tragic miscommunications of their broken family. It's a pleasure to read such a stylish and confident new voice--readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves." - Louise Candlish

"A tender, heartfelt portrayal of a long marriage with all its secrets. Cleverly structured and beautifully written, this novel celebrates love, hope - and the importance of finding the right words." - Lucy Diamond

"In an urgent race against the clock, the layers of Frank and Maggie's decades-long love story are peeled back to reveal the heartrending secrets that lurk below. But will the truth save Maggie's life, let alone their marriage? Greaves' gripping and poignant debut had me hooked from beginning to end." - Meg Donohue

"Heart-breaking secrets tenderly evoked with intelligence and depth. Maggie and Frank are unforgettable characters." - Rachel Hore

"An unforgettable love story with a mystery that had me captivated until the last, heart-wrenching page. It deserves to be huge." - Catherine Isaac

"Such stunning prose, and such insight for a debut author… I was bowled over by Abbie’s writing." - Clare Mackintosh

"In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel." - Gilly MacMillan

"An original and moving debut from a talented new voice." - Santa Montefiore

"The Silent Treatment is a gorgeous heart-breaker of a novel--an intimate, unpretentious, precisely drawn and surprisingly suspenseful look at a decades-long marriage: how it soars and plummets and, gem-like, alters its appearance under different lights. Abbie Greaves has a bright future and I can't wait to see what it brings." - Meg Mitchell Moore

"A remarkably assured debut which doesn't go where you expect it to go. I very much look forward to seeing what she writes next." - Jojo Moyes

"Abbie Greaves held me spellbound with this intimate, emotional story of the brutal power of silence and ostracism. Yet this deep dive into a troubled marriage is ultimately uplifting as Frank and Maggie make their way through the challenges of isolation, mental health, ageing, and the yearning for connection. Keep the tissues handy for this lovely read." - Susan Wiggs


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